MEET THE BOARD
Erin Wheeler, MPH :: President
Erin Wheeler is the Practice Director for the Digestive Health & Breathing Institute for Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO). Children’s Hospital Colorado is one of the top 10 pediatric hospitals in the country focused on patient care, research, education and advocacy. In her leadership role, she is accountable for business development/growth, operational excellence, service and strategic planning for her two service lines. She partners closely with CU Medicine/Department of Pediatrics on delivery of care models advancing the practice of pediatric medicine. Prior to joining CHCO, she was the Sr. Director of Population Health Services for FullWell. FullWell was a collaborative, physician centered organization focused on bringing tools, resources, and competencies to the Colorado Health Neighborhood network (CHN) – 4,500 providers in both employed and independent practice models across Colorado. Our goal was to help providers in population health strategies and activities to be successful in value based care Medicare payment models. Erin spent 2 years as a Practice Operations leader for both primary and specialty practices at SCL Health. Erin started her healthcare career with Kaiser Permanente where she spent 15 years in various leadership positions including Medicaid line of business management, Utilization Management/Quality, and had regional medical office operations accountability. She earned her Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science from University of Colorado.
Erin is a proud Colorado native and takes advantage of many of the outdoor activities available in Colorado including skiing, biking, golfing, and hiking. Erin believes it’s a privilege to serve on a Board that is focused on helping patients in their most vulnerable time and need and that we can make a positive impact on this important population.
Director of Population Health Services, FullWell
Brian Chase CPA/PFS, CBA :: Treasurer
Brian Chase has worked in the financial services industry for more than twenty-five years and is an accomplished leader. His practice focuses on working with professional service based businesses and their owners, as well as high net worth individuals. Brian began working with a small CPA practice of four individuals, became partner, bought out his partner, built the practice, and eventually merged it into JDS Professional Group where he heads up the tax/consulting and valuation areas of the practice. JDS is a practice of approximately forty employees and is run by Brian and his two partners.
Over the years Brian has worked with numerous medical practices in the capacity of advisor, CFO, and consultant. His strengths are his ability to see the whole picture and advise his clients in the most efficient ways to build and maintain wealth.
When not working, you will generally find Brian outdoors! He is an avid mountain biker, mountain climber, hiker (has summited all of Colorado’s 14 thousand foot peaks), and soccer enthusiast. Brian has played and coached soccer his entire life and is in his 7th year of coaching his daughter’s soccer team. Brian also delights in traveling throughout the world.
Partner, JDS Professional Group, Wealth Advisor, Noven Financial Group
Jane Wingquist MBA, MSHA :: Compliance Officer
Jane worked for over thirty years in both private clinic and non-profit hospital administration and earned MBA and MSHA degrees from the University of Colorado, Denver. The latter part of her career focused on hospital and research regulatory compliance. She worked at Children’s Hospital Colorado as Corporate Compliance Officer and at Rady Children’s Hospital (in San Diego) as Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer, before retiring in 2014. Jane enjoyed facing the challenges of regulatory compliance - including writing policies, overseeing staff training, conducting investigations, and auditing established procedures for compliance.
Jane lives in Evergreen, Colorado with her husband Art Flewelling, and their two dogs and cat. They like to spend their days golfing, traveling, gardening and visiting their kids and grandkids in Telluride and Wisconsin.
In retirement years, Jane became intimately involved with health issues specific to transplants and cancer. She looks forward to bringing both her work and her personal experiences to assist in the success of the Rocky Mountain Blood Cancer Assistance Fund.
Lisa Dowd :: Co-Founder, Fundraising Chair
Lisa's education focused on Early Childhood Education and Psychology, allowing Lisa to be the director and teach kindergarten for a large childcare center for over 300 children and 25 staff. In 2004, Lisa's path took a turn after 20 years in early childhood education and eventually led her to CBCI in 2008. Lisa was part of the CBCI financial team for 8 years and worked closely with the pysch-soclal team. In 2016, Lisa was created unique position within CBCI that hones her knowledge of insurance, financial assistance, grant pursuit and fundraising. Since 2016, Lisa co-founded the nonprofit 501(c)3 - Rocky Mountain Blood Cancer Assistance Fund and has taken on the role of fundraising chair, heading the RMBCAF annual gold tournament and various fundraisers.
Lisa's passion in life lies in her family and service of others. She feels lucky that all three of her daughters, all adults, and my husband who was my high school sweetheart have walked beside her as the Dowd family has given their time and talents to many organizations and service of others. Lisa's immediate and work families, are her biggest support and inspiration.
Blair McKown, RN
Blair McKown is a Hematology Nurse Coordinator for the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute (CBCI). CBCI is the leading bone marrow/stem cell transplant program in Colorado and provides care for patients with blood cancers. CBCI has performed over 4,500 transplants and sees patients all over the Rocky Mountain region. Blair completed a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Mississippi State University and Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Belmont University where she graduated with honors. Blair has been specializing in blood cancers and bone marrow transplants since 2012. She has worked at Vanderbilt University, Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, and The James Comprehensive Cancer Center before coming to Colorado Blood Cancer Institute.
Blair has lived in Denver for 5 years and loves the Colorado outdoor lifestyle. She is often hiking, biking, snowshoeing, or skiing in the mountains.
Devin Nelson, Physician Assistant
Devin is an inpatient physician assistant for the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute (CBCI). CBCI is the leading bone marrow stem cell transplant program in Colorado and provides care for patients with blood cancers. CBCI is part of the research consortium of the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute which provides patients access to innovative clinical trials. Before joining CBCI, Devin completed a postgraduate residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and later worked as a physician assistant in the hematologic malignancy department at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Devin earned her Masters in Medical Science from Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ and a Bachelor's of Science in Biomedical Science from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT.
Devin has now lived in Denver for over 2 years, and feels lucky to lead an adventurous, outdoorsy Colorado lifestyle. Throughout her career as a healthcare provider, she has experienced first-hand the stressors and hardships placed upon our patients. Many times, the financial burden of medical care can be one of the most daunting obstacles for our patients. It is an honor to serve on the Rocky Mountain Blood Cancer Assistance Fund and offer aid to those in need.
Inpatient Physician Assistant, Colorado Blood Cancer Institute (CBCI)
Lyssa Towl :: Past President
Lyssa has worked in the health care industry for more than twenty years and has proven expertise in Performance Management; Continuous Process Improvement; Tactical Implementation and Analysis; Fiscal Analysis and Revenue Cycle Management; Heath Care Quality Improvement; Account and Contract Management; Physician Coaching; Staff Leadership and Team Development. A dynamic systems thinker, she is able to assess complex organizations and processes while developing effective solutions based on the relationships and interactions between component elements. She is the founder of Green Mountain Management, a health care consulting firm.
Lyssa possesses rich experience in and a deep understanding of the US health care system, having worked in hospitals, HMOs, hospice and physician-led organizations. She has served as Executive Director of Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care, a division of UnitedHealth Group, and as Regional Director of Business Operations for Sound Inpatient Physicians. Prior to that, she spent eight years with Kaiser Permanente in leadership and consultant roles. She holds MBA and MSHA degrees from the University of Colorado Denver, in addition to a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science from Albion College.
In her spare time she is family focused and the love of outdoors. She is an energetic skier, hiker, and cyclist. She is an active participant in the National Charity League and at Evergreen Country Day School.
Owner, Green Mountain Management